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Should You Worry About Air Transport Services Group, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ATSG) CEO Salary Level?

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Joe Hete became the CEO of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) in 2007. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

View our latest analysis for Air Transport Services Group

How Does Joe Hete's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Air Transport Services Group, Inc. is worth US$1.4b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$2.3m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$750k. We examined companies with market caps from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$4.0m.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most similar size companies have to pay more, leaving less for shareholders. However, before we heap on the praise, we should delve deeper to understand business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Air Transport Services Group, below.

NasdaqGS:ATSG CEO Compensation, July 3rd 2019

Is Air Transport Services Group, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Air Transport Services Group, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 50% each year (using a line of best fit). The trailing twelve months of revenue was pretty much the same as the prior period.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Air Transport Services Group, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Air Transport Services Group, Inc. for providing a total return of 87% over three years. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. is currently paying its CEO below what is normal for companies of its size. Since the business is growing, many would argue this suggests the pay is modest. And given most shareholders are probably very happy with recent returns, you might even think that Joe Hete deserves a raise!

Most shareholders like to see a modestly paid CEO combined with strong performance by the company. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Air Transport Services Group (free visualization of insider trades).

Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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